Academic Programs

Climate Change & Sustainability

Climate Change

Certificate Description:

The concentration/certificate program in Climate Change and Sustainability will provide a strong foundation for students to advance their career by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to address regional, national and global challenges related to climate change. This concentration/program will employ an interdisciplinary approach to explore climate vulnerability, mitigation measures, and pathways to adaptation and resilience. The courses will also focus on the translation of policy and research into climate-smart mitigation and adaptation strategies for building sustainable and resilient communities through urban planning and sustainable urban development.

This concentration/certificate program is intended to prepare students to address complex regional, national and global challenges associated with climate change adaptation and resilience. This concentration/certificate program is unique as the curriculum is fully integrated to provide a systems perspective for learning and the development of an analytical perspective that will focus specifically on climate change, climate vulnerability, adaptive capacity and pathways of climate adaptation/resilience. The target student audience can come from a diverse array of backgrounds and career interests as the concentration/certificate program provides a sustainability framework to be used as a foundation for any career. The primary goal of the concentration/certificate program is to foster sustainability principles and critical thinking, equipping any student with the tools needed to enact sustainable change.

 

Required Courses (6 credit hours): 

This course discusses basic concepts and principles of sustainable development. It discusses systems thinking and different sustainability perspectives such as local/global and historical/future. Best practices will be analyzed through case studies.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

The course provides sustainability practitioners an overview of how economics and finance enhance sustainability. The emphasis is on environmental economics and innovative finance; students learn how scarce natural resources can be optimally allocated.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

 

Elective Courses (6 credit hours)
Choose two: 

Agricultural and biological resources (bioresources) for producing food, bio-based products, and renewable energy are presented and discussed along with their environmental and climate change impact using an integrated food-energy-water nexus approach.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

Mitigating climate change and transitioning to sustainability require a civil evolution to a postcarbon ecological economy. The course charts cultural and structural aspects of viable evolutionary pathways.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

The course analyzes the market status and growth potential of the portfolio of renewable power sources (solar, wind, geothermal, ocean, biogas), production technologies, economics and financing, infrastructure integration and smart grid issues, and regulatory and environmental aspects.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

The FEW nexus helps students navigate the complexities of sustainability, using systems thinking and case studies in food, energy, and water to create industrial ecology systems, closing the loop from the solar energy that sustains food production through food waste to new food.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

Mitigating climate change and transitioning to sustainability require a civil evolution to a postcarbon ecological economy. The course charts cultural and structural aspects of viable evolutionary pathways.

*This course is only available on-campus.

 

Point of Contact

If you have any general questions relating to PCGS graduate certificate programs,please contact

Toure Rider
813-974-9943
trider@usf.edu